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Administrators, teachers celebrate perfect state testing scores

During a season when yard signs supporting a particular candidate are the norm, there were a few more placed Thursday that celebrate an accomplishment anyone could celebrate, regardless of political affiliation.

After classes began Thursday at schools throughout the Vicksburg Warren School District, teachers and administrators from schools started to fan out across the community, placing signs in yards of those students who received a perfect score in last spring’s Mississippi Academic Assessment Program testing.

The signs, with the words “Aced It!” celebrated that a child — or children — in that home accomplished a perfect score in one or more of the topics tested. Topics included English Language Arts, math, algebra I and English II. In some cases, some homes had more than one child who had perfect scores in more than one topic.

“There are some homes where they will have four signs in their yard when they get home,” district spokesperson Christi Kilroy said. “This is something truly worth celebrating.”

In all, the district reported 160 perfect scores on the tests, which are taken by students in grades 3 through 12. The only school zone that did not have students represented were Dana Road Elementary School and Sherman Avenue, which only serve students in grades kindergarten through second grade.

“This is a big deal and something we wanted to make a big deal for those students and their families,” Kilroy said. “You really want to celebrate something when they do so well.”

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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